Orrin Evans never goes for the oke-doke, so even when introspection is in the air, it feels like someone’s squeezing your neck. The Philly pianist is a marvel; his expressionistic tendencies are implied, which makes ’em that much more forceful – here’s a hard-swinging guy who likes to erupt while sustaining a temperament of logic and craft.
The trio maneuvers on the new Faith In Action (Posi-Tone) kind of spill all over you, especially the genial tug-of-war between the boss and drummer Nasheet Waits. Ben Ratliff weighed in last week. Smart of the label for making the above clip, but it needs to be longer. Here’s an interview vid about the new music.